June 25, 2024

Our Process

 What Makes Our Process Better?


The End Result

Most refinishers purchase over the counter, commercial acrylic enamels; while at Chicago Porcelain Refinishing, we manufacture our own epoxy enamel. Epoxy type enamels are superior in that they provide a much harder and durable finish than that of acrylic enamels. By nature, epoxies have a much greater bonding capacity, and do not require a primer in order to adhere to the surface to which they are being applied; as is the case with acrylics. Since water and moisture tend to easily weaken the bond between the primer and bathtub surface, the acrylic finish often becomes jeopardized, resulting in peeling and a shortened lifespan. Chicago Porcelain clients typically enjoy a refinished product lifespan of 10 to 20 years and beyond, while acrylic based enamels require re-application within 2 – 3 years or less. Lastly, the difference in appearance is immediately noticeable. Your Chicago Porcelain refinished bathtub will have a glossy, lustrous finish and smooth feel, similar to that of a new bathtub. Conversely, acrylic enamels have a matte appearance with a rough feel.


About Our Process and Material


Chicago Porcelain Refinishing manufactures a modified silicon epoxy, which is a two part enamel utilized specifically for refinishing of bathtubs, sinks, shower bases and ceramic wall tile. When the catalyst (part 2) is applied to the enamel (part 1), a chemical heat reaction, also known as chemical fusion, occurs. The two part enamel is applied by means of an air compressor for uniform distribution and coverage. Once applied to the surface, such as a bathtub, an amalgamation or molecular bond occurs. Because of this bond, the enamel is fused to the bathtub surface and becomes a part of the surface itself.

The End Result: A lustrous, smooth, and durable finish.